Painterly Photography

 My mom had never been up to the Tioga Pass and I had only driven through once before so we spent most of our third day stopping everywhere shooting pictures. I remembered Siesta Lake from my first visit in 2004 so I had always wanted to revisit and try some oil painting-like water reflections. It …

Half Dome Sunset

 I didn’t really have any clouds to work with but with a nightly show of alpenglow on Half Dome, who needs clouds? I messed up this shoot as I accidentally had the camera set on ISO 1600 until my final few frames. The file looks pretty good still at 100% though so I’m keeping it. …

Why Photographers Wake Up So Early

 Yosemite can be somewhat of a frustrating experience for serious nature photographers since there is little solitude to be had in the valley during peak visiting times. Cold, early mornings however weed out the casual photographers and tourists who don’t want it as bad as you so you can pretty much have your pick of …

Waterfall Rainbow

 When the first thing you photograph on a trip is a waterfall rainbow then it’s probably a sign of greater things to come. Even this late in the year, the major waterfalls at Yosemite were still running due to the large amount of snowfall in the Sierra this past winter and the recent storms the …

Yosemite Fall Color

 The fall color in Yosemite is beautiful this year. I’m no tree expert but the maple leaves were mostly yellow along the road just up from the park entrance up past El Capitan Meadow. From what I had read online, I didn’t have high hopes of photographing colorful foliage but the color became increasingly vibrant …

Yosemite Valley

 My last visit to Yosemite Valley was during the winter of 2004 so I’d been wanting to come back for a while now and do some classic landscape photography. I don’t know about other photographers but I find it impossible to visit Yosemite and not want to photograph certain iconic scenes like Tunnel View at …

Joshua Tree National Park Stargazing

 Since photographing the Milky Way in the Eastern Sierra two years ago I’ve thought of trying my luck at Joshua Tree National Park. Based on previous experience, I figured that the most effective way to do night photography would be to choose a moonless evening that way the photo actually looks like night photography. As …

Light Painting

 Light painting is something I experimented with on my last visit to Joshua Tree National Park two years ago and involves the use of long exposures in darkness with the only illumination being flashlights. On this moonless evening, I tried many different lighting techniques and had some fun with it at the end. This particular …

Photographing Joshua Tree National Park

 I first visited Joshua Tree National Park as a college student and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. The other national parks I’d been to at the time were the likes of Yosemite, Zion, Canadian Rockies, etc… where the attractions were very obvious and staples of the postcard photography circuit. Joshua Tree NP …

Double Rainbow

  The sunset clouds were great in every direction but the double rainbow commanded most of my attention. The rainbows were too close for me to capture the full 180 degrees with my 24mm lens so I had to do a five-image panoramic stitch in order to capture it all. I’ve seen double rainbows like …